Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226815695 Will Publish December 2021
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780226815664 Will Publish December 2021
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Conflict Graffiti

From Revolution to Gentrification

John Lennon

Conflict Graffiti

John Lennon

Publication supported by the Neil Harris Endowment Fund

296 pages | 20 color plates, 53 halftones | 6 x 9
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780226815695 Will Publish December 2021
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780226815664 Will Publish December 2021
E-book $29.99 ISBN: 9780226815671 Will Publish December 2021
This study examines the waves of graffiti that occur before, during, and after a conflict—important tools of political resistance that make protest visible and material.
Graffiti makes for messy politics. In film and television, it is often used to create a sense of danger or lawlessness. In bathroom stalls, it is the disembodied expression of gossip, lewdness, or confession. But it is also a resistive tool of protest, making visible the disparate voices and interests that come together to make a movement.

In Conflict Graffiti, John Lennon dives into the many permutations of graffiti in conflict zones—ranging from the protest graffiti of the Black Lives Matter movement in Ferguson and the Tahrir Square demonstrations in Egypt, to the tourist-attraction murals on the Israeli Separation Wall and the street art that has rebranded Detroit and post-Katrina New Orleans. Graffiti has played a crucial role in the revolutionary movements of these locales, but as the conflict subsides a new graffiti and street art scene emerges—often one that ushers in postconflict consumerism, gentrification, militarization, and anesthetized forgetting.

Graffiti has an unstable afterlife, fated to be added to, transformed, overlaid, photographed, reinterpreted, or painted over. But as Lennon concludes, when protest movements change and adapt, graffiti is also uniquely suited to shapeshift with them.
an introduction to conflict graffiti
1. walls, streets, and public spaces
2. the messy politics of conflict graffiti: desire, graffiti, and assembling a revolution
3. erasing people and land: banksy, the separation wall, and international graffiti tourists
4. framing hurricane katrina: graffiti and the “new” new orleans
5. “for more than profit”: graffiti, street art, and the gentrification of detroit

Review Quotes
Susan A. Phillips, Pitzer College
Conflict Graffiti strengthens our understanding of the role graffiti plays in place making and in social lives embroiled in conflict. Lennon shows that walls, and the writing on them, are formative elements of our world—they create and supersede conflict, and they represent not only human suffering but creativity and resilience. This book provides a fascinating glimpse into unknown places, movements, genres, and histories of graffiti.”
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